David Robertson

Professor of Geography and Department Chair
Bailey 228

David Robertson has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 1999


Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D. Geography (2001), University of Oklahoma

  • BA Geography (1992), University of Calgary

  • BSc. Psychology (1989), University of Calgary


  • Robertson, D., Larsen, C.P.S., and Tulowiecki, S.J. 2018. :Forest Land-Use Legacy Research Exhibits Aspects of Critical Physical Geography" in Handbook of Critical Physical Geography, R. Lave, C. Biermann, and S. Lane eds. (London: Palgrave) pp. 227-248.

  • Robertson, D., C.P.S. Larsen and S.J. Tulowiecki. 2016 Collaborative Research: RUI: Assessing the environmental and human drivers and cultural dimensions of changes in oak forests of the eastern United States. NSF Geography and Spatial Sciences (GSS). Awarded: $232,099 USD

  • Identity and the Post-Mining Landscape: Observations from the American Mining Town.? In Bergbau Folge Landschaft/Post Mining Landscapes. Oliver Hamm and Christiana Gräwe eds. (Berlin: Jovis-Verlag, 2010) pp. 144-149.

  • Canadian Studies and American Geography: Trends and Issues. The Canadian Geographer. 2009. 53:1: 100-112.

  • Hard as the Rock Itself: Place and Identity in the American Mining Town. 2006. (Boulder: University Press of Colorado).

  • Cultural Landscape Preservation and Public History in Cokedale, Colorado. In Preserving Western History, Andrew Gulliford ed. 2005. (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2005) pp. 366-380.

  • Heaps of History: Toluca and the Historic Longwall Mining District. Journal of Illinois History. 2000. 3:3:162-184.

  • Beyond Twister: The Geography of Recreational Storm Chasing on the Southern Plains. Geographical Review. 1999. 89:4:533-553.

  • Oil Derricks and Corinthian Columns: The Industrial Transformation of the Oklahoma State Capitol Grounds. Journal of Cultural Geography. 1996. 16:1:17-44.

More About Me


  • Cultural and Historical Geography
  • Place and Identity
  • Landscape History


  • GEOG 102: S/Human Geography

    A study of the geographic distribution and interrelationships of human activities over the face of the earth, particularly the variation in cultural and social phenomena and their related imprint on the geographic landscape. Such factors as language, religion, settlements, population, and economic activities are studied as they are distributed and interrelated in earth space.

  • GEOG 474: Geographic Thought Senior Sem

    A senior seminar course surveying the history of geographic thought, exploring present trends in the geography discipline, and investigating opportunities for future study and/or professional careers. Students will gain an understanding of the nature and breadth of the geography discipline and prepare themselves for an enriching and rewarding life beyond Geneseo.